Sustainable Landscape Maintenance

Landscape architects are disappointed when their projects suffer the effects of neglect or poor maintenance practices. More importantly, poorly tended high performance landscapes fail to deliver on their potential to treat stormwater, reduce sedimentation, filter nutrients, or provide pollinator habitat. After 16 years in private practice, Cheryl Corson had an opportunity to work on this issue. The Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Manual for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is the result.

Building on the manual’s success, Cheryl now offers classes and workshops on using it to draft sustainable landscape maintenance plans for your own project, firm, or public agency.

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Cheryl Corson draws on decades of design and management practice to present the broadest framework within which landscape property managers, contractors, and design professionals may create customized, site-specific sustainable landscape maintenance plans.

Many resources exist offering guidance on maintaining Stormwater BMPs (best management practices), but nothing on how to sustainably manage properties so that design intent, historic resources, the regulatory environment, and worker safety are also accounted for. This manual supports a new communication paradigm between designer, contractor, and client which places the landscape itself at the forefront of maintenance decisions.

With financial and in-kind support from the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment, the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, the Low Impact Development Center, and the Maryland Sea Grant College, this manual was written to serve as the maintenance reference for the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) voluntary certification program.

Check out Cheryl Corson’s interview on the importance of landscape maintenance.

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Recent Testimonials

Shelby SmithWashington Gardener Magazine

This manual covers almost everything you could think of that has to do with landscaping around the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. We recommend this manual for anyone who is planning to start or maintain a landscape in the Chesapeake Bay area. This is helpful for both professionals and amateurs.

Ari NovyPh.D. Former Executive Director, United States Botanic Garden

Cheryl is an able sustainability educator and guide with a deep understanding of the ecology of the region. The manual is a welcome tool in our stewardship toolbox.

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Classes/Workshops

Cheryl Corson is available as a speaker on landscape maintenance topics for groups hosting conferences, short courses, or extension agencies and garden clubs. She has created half-day and full-day workshops on using the manual to draft a maintenance plan, which includes a model contract document.

She has presented this material for the Delaware Nursery Landscape Conference, the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland, and at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course, sponsored by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation.

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